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  1. Updates for Monday 23 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Monday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Cold and clear overnight and dry and sunny on Tuesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Tonight there will be clear spells and light winds which will lead to a cool night. Minimum temperature: 6 Deg C (43 Deg F).

Tuesday's weather

Tuesday will be another fine day with plenty of sunny spells, and light winds. It will feel pleasant in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F).

Local motorcyclist prepares to take on gruelling Isle of Man TT

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish motorcycle racer is preparing to take on one of the most famous races in the world - the Isle of Man TT

Forest Dunn
Diego Mola/BBC

Forest Dunn, 28, from Falmouth, will be making his debut on the 37 mile course this weekend.

He told me he believes he's the first Cornish rider to compete in the TT for 17 years.

Devonshire and Dorset regiment to be honoured with bronze memorial

BBC Spotlight

Three former army regiments, which were part of life in the South West for more than a century, are to be honoured at the National Memorial Arboretum. 

Devonshire and Dorset regiment model

Sculptor Vivien Mallock has created models depicting the work of the Devonshire and Dorset Regiments and the combined unit they became. The models will eventually become life-sized bronzes.

Buyer saves jobs at local waste company

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Ninety jobs at a waste disposal company have been saved after a buyer came forward. 

The Bale Group, which has its headquarters in Honiton, has been sold to Future Industrial Services after going into administration earlier this month. 

RSPCA 'deeply concerned' at lions, tigers, crocodiles and rattlesnakes being kept as pets

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The RSPCA said it was "deeply concerned" that wild animals including lions, tigers, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras were being kept legally on private property across the UK.

In Devon and Cornwall, dangerous wild animals licences were granted for big cats, ostriches, vipers and lemurs.


The charity said: "People may buy them with little idea of how difficult they can be to keep and the animals are sometimes neglected when the novelty wears off and the commitment hits home. This is why we would encourage anyone thinking of getting an exotic pet to find out as much as possible about the animal's needs and whether they're a realistic pet."

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Totnes, the A385 is partially blocked between the Brutus Bridge Roundabout and Coronation Road due to a broken down vehicle
  • Between Totnes and Paignton, also on the A385 around Longcombe Cross, there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks
  • At Churchstow the A381 is blocked around Sorley Green Cross   
  • We have reports that St Marychurch Road is partially blocked in Torquay between Westhill Road and Castle Circus due to a stuck coach 
  • Between Chumleigh and the Bishops Tawton Junction the A377 is partially blocked due to an incident. Traffic is slow moving
  • In Heathfield on Shapley Way we have reports of an incident  
  • On the A390 between Truro and Chiverton Cross Roundabout there are two sets of temporary traffic lights for telecoms work

'Devastated parents' issue reward after dead baby's birth certificate is stolen

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A grieving couple who had a birth certificate, and hand and foot prints, of a baby who recently died stolen from their vehicle have launched an appeal to get the sentimental items back.

Richard Still and Natasha Thomas discovered their car had been broken into and a brown satchel with the items taken from Exeter on Sunday.

Ms Thomas's sister Trudy appealed for anyone who finds the satchel to return it, "There is nothing of any value other than a huge sentimental value, a certificate and hand and foot prints of her son who died a few days ago," Ms Thomas wrote on Facebook.

"My sister is devastated. A reward is offered. She is not interested in the crime just getting the certificate back."

Thousands of fans head to London for sporting history

BBC Spotlight

History will be made at the weekend when thousands of sports fans will leave the South West and head for London for a unique three days of finals. 

The mass exodus is because Exeter Chiefs, the Cornwall rugby team and Plymouth Argyle are all in the capital - the likes of which has never been seen before.

Wembley and Twickenham
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Exeter play at Twickenham on Saturday in the Premiership final, Cornwall are also at rugby's HQ on Sunday in the final of the County Championship, and Plymouth Argyle will take over Wembley on Bank Holiday Monday for the League Two play off final. 

Brits run out of fuel in France after oil strikes result in rationing

The AA says it has been getting calls from drivers stuck in France after blockades by strikers caused a shortage of fuel.

French petrol stations out of fuel
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Drivers heading to France from Roscoff and beyond are being warned to fill up on this side of the channel.

AA president, Edmund King, says: “We are recovering vehicles stuck at the side of the road to places of safety until fuel supplies are resumed. We are strongly advising our members heading to France to fill up their tanks before crossing the Channel and moderate their driving to get the best miles per gallon from their fuel."

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • Police have appealed for help from the public after the birth certificate of a stillborn baby was stolen   
  • Drivers heading to France are being warned to fill up their cars before heading across the channel after strikes resulted in a fuel shortage and rationing 
  • The RNLI says it has recorded its busiest weekend of the year so far after a series of rescues on local beaches 
  • Devonport Dockyard has asked for permission to get rid of more radioactive material than normal, as part of the refit of HMS Vanguard 

Seaside businesses urged to bid for coastal regeneration grants

Press Association

Seaside businesses are being invited to bid for a cash windfall from a fund aimed at regenerating coastal areas.

Tate St Ives
Alban Roinard

An additional £90 million has been made available by the Government to boost the coastal communities fund, which is predicted to safeguard or create 18,000 jobs.

Coastal towns that have benefited so far include St Ives which got £4m, to rejuvenate the Tate museum, and Blackpool, where the council was awarded £1.9m to improve its famous illuminations.

This naked woman was snapped casually strolling through Newquay town centre

Cornish Guardian

Stunned onlookers in Newquay watched as a woman emerged naked from a tanning salon and strolled through the town centre.

Parents seek alternative behavioural therapy for autistic son

BBC Radio Cornwall

The parents of a severely autistic boy in Cornwall have launched a fundraising campaign to get him a new kind of treatment. 

Joe and Will Stutely

Four-year-old Will Stutely is unable to speak and his parents Joe and Becca want him to have access to Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).

The NHS provides some therapy services for autistic children but says not all of them are suitable for every child. 

Lifeguards issue warnings after mass rescues

People are being urged to use beaches with lifeguards in Devon and Cornwall after a number of rescues in the past few days.

RNLI Lifeguards
RNLI/Eleri Roberts

One man had to be rescued by lifeboat after he was seen shouting for help and struggling to keep his head above water at Bantham this morning. RNLI Senior Lifeguard Mike Mapson said: "The casualty had swallowed water and was shaken up when we brought him back to the beach. The river is very dangerous, there is a lot of fast-flowing water, so it was fortunate our lifeguards were able to reach the man when he did." 

Meanwhile, five people who got into difficulty while coasteering were rescued at St Agnes on Sunday, along with a novice surfer at Holywell Bay. There were also incidents at Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth, Perranporth and Porthtowan on Saturday.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Between Totnes and Paignton on the A385 around Longcombe Cross there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks. Traffic is slow moving.
  • A diversion is in place on the A390 at Grampound after an incident.
  • Delays eastbound on the A30 between Temple and Millpool over Bodmin Moor because of a 40 mph speed restriction in the roadworks area.
  • Watch out for delays on the B3277 between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and the Goonvrea Road junction in St Agnes.  

Par man Christopher James died after falling 20ft from a hotel window

Cornish Guardian

A Royal Air Force officer from Par plunged 20ft (6m) to his death from a hotel window just hours after celebrating a friend's wedding party, an inquest heard.

Foreign office warns of fuel rationing in France

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Foreign Office has issued advice to local drivers heading for France, after industrial action caused fuel shortages.

Cars queue up for a petrol station near Nantes, France

Workers blockaded French oil refineries and depots on Sunday in protest over controversial labour reforms.  

The Foreign Office said restrictions on buying fuel had been put in place by local authorities in some parts of northern and northwest France. In certain areas you may not be able to fill up jerrycans, and fuel rationing may be imposed.

Heartfelt appeal from Exeter family after hand and foot prints of tragic baby stolen at quay

Exeter Express & Echo

A bereaved Exeter family has launched a heartfelt appeal after a birth certificate with hand prints and foot prints of their tragic baby, who died on Monday, were stolen in a quayside smash-and-grab.

Thousands of hand-crocheted poppies among the real blooms at the Chelsea Flower Show

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field of 300,000 hand-crocheted poppies at the Chelsea Flower Show was designed by Phillip Johnson, who won Best Show Garden in 2013.

Advice for festival-goers at Radio 1's Big Weekend

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Ticket holders for Radio 1's Big Weekend are being warned to plan their journeys, as 50,000 people are expected to descend on Powderham Castle.

Radio 1's Big Weekend

Exeter Racecourse is being turned into a a park and ride venue and Highways England says the Kennford area of the A38 is expected to experience heavy traffic on Saturday and Sunday.

Gareth Price, Highways England emergency planning officer for the south west, said: “Our aim is to keep the Highways England network running whilst keeping road users safe and informed, and we advise all road users to check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.”

Woman's body found in park identified by police

The death of a woman in her 30s in a park in Torquay, is no longer being treated as suspicious, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

She has been identified as a local woman in her 30s. Her family has been informed.

Police say they received a very positive response from the public in relation to a witness appeal and have thanked all those who came forward and assisted their investigation.

Weather latest: Sunny spells and patchy cloud

An afternoon of sunshine and patchy cloud with a very low risk of isolated showers. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C (61 Deg F). 

Weather graphic

There will be little cloud around overnight and plenty of clear spells allowing for some patchy mist forming inland. Minimum Temperature: 4 Deg C (39 Deg F).

Slade puts injury problems behind him

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter and England centre Henry Slade says he has finally put his injury problems behind him after helping Exeter beat Wasps to reach their first Premiership final.

Henry Slade
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Slade broke his leg and dislocated his ankle against the same opponents in December, but returned two months ago.

"The first few games, I think I came back expecting to pick up where I left off and was getting frustrated by not being up to the form of pre-injury," Slade told BBC Sport. "I think it took a few games to get my confidence back." 

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

  • Licences in Devon and Cornwall have been issued for 'dangerous' animals including pumas, lynx and lemurs 
  • NHS support services are being reviewed as health commissioners in Cornwall try to tackle a £50m overspend 
  • Police warn fuel thefts on Scilly are putting people in danger 
  • Funding cuts mean a charity in Mid Devon, offering transport for elderly and sick people, is facing an uncertain future   

Bond star graces local nursery's stand at Chelsea Flower Show

Are we losing the ability to garden?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Many people are getting excited about the Chelsea Flower Show which takes place this week, but do we understand gardening? 

The Royal Horticultural Society claims that the 'baby boomer' generation failed to teach their children how to garden.

Can you garden? If so, who taught you? Let me know on today's phone-in if you think we are losing a key skill by calling 0345 3011034.

Giraffe calf bottle fed at zoo after mother rejects him

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A male Rothschild’s giraffe is being bottle fed by keepers at Paignton Zoo after he was rejected by his mother.

Rothschild’s giraffe calf
Paignton Zoo

Craig Gilchrist, senior keeper, said: “For the first few days it is important to keep him separate [from the other giraffes] to allow him to bond with the keepers so he feels comfortable enough to feed." Neil Bemment, curator of mammals, said: “Giraffe mothers are fickle beasts. Sometimes they will rear their calves, sometimes they won’t.  

The calf, which was born on 19 May, stands at nearly 6ft tall and Mr Gilchrist said he will be reintroduced to the herd as soon as possible so he "doesn’t forget he is a giraffe".

Cornwall out of Minor Counties Trophy

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornwall's hopes of retaining the Minor Counties Trophy were ended despite a record-setting 108-run win over Oxfordshire at Werrington.

Cornwall Cricket

Brad Wadlan hit 132 - the second-highest one-day score by a Cornish batsman - as the Duchy made 342-7, the county's third-highest one-day score before Christian Purchase then became the first Cornish bowler to take six wickets in an innings as his figures of 6-51 helped dismiss Oxfordshire for 234 in 38.3 overs.

But Cornwall missed out on a place in the quarter-finals after finishing third in their group, a point behind rivals Devon, who defeated group winners Dorset in their final game.

Motorists urged to fill up before heading to France as petrol stations close

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

South West motorists are being urged to fill up their vehicles before travelling to France as hundreds of French petrol stations have close after union protests blocked oil refineries.

Petrol station
Getty Images

About one in 20 petrol stations have run out of fuel entirely and hundreds more faced some shortages, the government said. 

Workers blockaded French oil refineries and depots on Sunday in protest over controversial labour reforms. Prime Minister Manuel Valls said France had sufficient reserves to cope with the blockades.

Should taxi drivers face tougher fines for refusing to take guide dogs?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Although it is against the law, the charity Guide Dogs says many cab drivers are still refusing to allow people with guide dogs in their cars. 

It says cab drivers who do get prosecuted are being issued with small fines and wants tougher sentences for those who refuse to take owners of assistance dogs.

Guide Dogs is holding a a mass lobby at Parliament today. Let me know if you've experienced problems with access for the dogs by calling today's lunchtime phone-in on 01872 222222.

Devon progress in Minor Counties Trophy

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Devon progressed to the knockout stages of the Minor Counties Trophy after a 26-run win over Dorset in a rain-affected match at Bashley.


The county saw their 50-over allocation reduced to 21 overs, but made a competitive score of 154-6 thanks to Rob Woodman's 52 and 41 by Ben Green.

After adjustments for the Duckworth-Lewis method, Dorset were set 171 from 21 overs to win the match, but they fell well short on 144-5 as Dom Bess took 3-16 from four overs.

All health contracts in Cornwall scrutinised as debts rise

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's health bosses say all contracts are being scrutinised as they tackle rising debts - including those with the Royal Cornwall and community hospitals. 

It's estimated NHS Kernow could be as much as £57m in debt by the end of the year and the trust says cuts can't be ruled out.

Hospital sign

Dr Iain Chorlton, NHS Kernow chairman, said it was "right and proper" for them to look at "every single contract" and "they haven't done that to date".

Argyle manager Derek Adams sees positives in league plans

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says plans to expand the Football League will be beneficial for managers.

Derek Adams
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But the Argyle boss, who has led his club to next Monday's League Two play-off final, says any move to a structure that has five divisions made up of 20 teams must be looked at carefully.

"There's no doubt from a coaching point of view having 38 games rather than 46 is beneficial to a manager," he told BBC Sport. "But it's not beneficial to the revenue of a football club. They're going to miss out on four home games, so to speak, so that's where it becomes a wee bit difficult."

Pumas, vipers and lemurs privately kept as expert says 'many should never be pets'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Wild animals including lions, tigers, crocodiles, rattlesnakes and zebras are being kept legally on private property across the UK, with licences for pumas, lemurs, and vipers being issued in Cornwall.

Iain Newby, who runs a wild animal rescue facility, told BBC Radio 5 Live: "I can understand people's fascination with a lot of these animals, I keep servals myself - African cats.

Iain Newby

"A lot of these animals I do believe should never be pets, they should be - if they are rare or if they are endangered - in proper breeding groups to keep the populations. But there are certain animals that are kept as pets, have been kept as pets for a long time, are bred in captivity, such as the servals."

Mid Devon parking permits 'fifth most expensive' in the UK

Press Association

UK councils have increased the cost of residents' parking permits by an average of 51% since 2011, with Mid Devon District Council now having the fifth most expensive in the UK, new research has revealed.

An investigation by car insurance firm Esure also revealed that more than half (54%) of local authorities have expanded the number of parking zones which require payment in the past two years. 

The top five most expensive parking permits in the UK are: 

1. Birmingham City Council - £785 

2. Manchester City Council - £750 

3. City of Edinburgh Council - £600 

4. London Borough of Islington - £545 

5. Mid Devon District Council - £425

Rare rhododendrons 'saved' by high-tech cloning at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

High-tech micro-propagation techniques have been used to save rare rhododendrons at one of Cornwall's best known gardens. 

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Some of the plants at the Lost Gardens of Heligan had to be destroyed to curb the spread of the fungus - Phytophthora ramorum. 

Now 300 eight-year-old healthy rhododendron plants, grown from samples taken from the stricken plants, have returned to Heligan, thanks to a micro-propagation programme pioneered at Duchy College in Cornwall.

Exeter swimmers share images of "disgusting" Pyramids changing rooms

Exeter Express & Echo

These shocking photographs of the female changing rooms at Pyramids were taken yesterday by a woman on a family outing over the weekend.

Cornwall church rift over wind turbines plan

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Proposals for a wind farm have caused a split among church leaders and parishioners in Bude.

St Anne's Church
Dave Kelly

An application to build 11 turbines 125m-high, submitted by renewable energy firm Good Energy, was turned down by Cornwall Council two years ago, but has appealed and has the backing of the Diocese of Truro.

But local vicar the Rev Tony Windross says he and other parishioners are against the plans because it would affect the landscape near the church of Grade I listed St Anne's Church at Whitstone.

Car ends up on wall after handbrake fails